Dr. Leslie Austin — Credentials


  • Commentator and guest expert on subjects ranging from corporate America to psychology and behavior, to spiritual issues in the workplace on numerous radio and television shows over the past 25 years, including frequent guest expert on CNN/HNN with Nancy Grace, Court TV with Nancy Grace, Fox Network, MSNBC, The John Walsh Show, Iyanla!, Good Day New York (#1 morning show in NYC), nationally-syndicated "The Bev Smith" radio show (during the D.C. sniper crisis), TechTV, Bloomberg Television, Newstalk TV, America’s Talking, WCBS, WNEW, WRC, NBC’s “Tomorrow” show, WBAI, and WALE-AM.
  • Board Certified in Executive Coaching and Behavior Modification by the Society for the Advancement of Consulting, December 2005, a prestigious award for excellence.
  • In the wake of September 11th, guest appearances on WB11 and Fox News NY focusing on psychological and emotional issues.
  • Co-hosted a year-long, weekly radio guest and phone-in show in Providence, Rhode Island called “Traveling Light” which explored spiritual and metaphysical topics.
  • Published articles in The O’Dwyer Report (a national PR trade publication, May and August, 2002) and American Banker newspaper.
  • Featured in numerous articles, including in Time Magazine, Blender, Cosmopolitan, Cosmo Girl, Self, Parenting, New Woman, Mademoiselle, Working Woman, Oxygen.com, Workwise.com, The Contra Costa Times, and MyPrimeTime.com.
  • Chapters written about Dr. Austin are included in Sherry Suib Cohen's book, Looking for the Other Side, and Dan Greenburg's book, Something's There.
  • Musician, composer, and singer in New York City clubs in the 1970s, including performances at the Bitter End, Folk City, and Reno Sweeney’s.
  • Assistant Professor of Communications and Performance Art over eight years at Adelphi University, Marymount Manhattan, Brooklyn College, and N.Y. Institute of Technology.


  • Executive coach and corporate trainer for the past 14 years, specializing in private sessions for executives, teams, and individuals, and custom-designed workshops, intensives, and trainings.
  • Clients achieve long-lasting results in improving effectiveness, success, and happiness in both their business and personal lives through learning how to change their behaviors, communications skills and strategies, and personal style, especially around learning to be consistently and appropriately truthful without using the truth as a weapon.                                                                      
  • Services offered include interpersonal and team dynamics, leadership skills, management training and development, mediation, effective communications, strategic planning, and career transitions.
  • Corporate clients include Bankers Trust, Morgan Stanley (New York and Tokyo), Condé Nast, HDS Labs/DDF Cosmetics, G. S. Schwartz & Co., Metropolitan Life, Coopers & Lybrand, Fairchild Publications, Sandals Caribbean Resorts, Organizational Resources Consulting, American Society for Training and Development, Patrice Tanaka & Co. (a national PR firm), The Haas Associates (Executive Search), and a number of small entrepreneurial firms.
  • Motivational speaker and keynote speaker, frequent guest expert on national television and radio.
  • From 1987-1990, product trainer and focus group moderator for pharmaceutical clients, including Procter & Gamble, Fisons, Glaxo, Marion Laboratories, Bristol Labs, Allen and Hanbury's, Knoll Pharmaceuticals, Burroughs Wellcome, and Ciba-Geigy. 
  • Produced, directed, and wrote corporate audio and video training programs, such as “Ear to Ear,” a telephone sales training audio used by Fortune 500 companies, and a series of patient education videos for Eastern Women’s Medical Center (the largest gynecological clinic in the U.S.).


  • Practicing psychotherapist and Executive Coach since 1989.
  • Certified mediator.
  • Supervisor and trainer of new psychotherapists at the Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy in New York.
  • Graduate of the four-year Clinical Fellowship program at the Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy in New York, 1993.
  • Studied Core Energetics (characterological types and structures).
  • Studied Jungian Analytic Psychotherapy.
  • Studied Family and Systems therapy.
  • Studied Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP).


  • Ph.D. in Performance Studies (an interdisciplinary department studying human behavior); New York University, 1993.
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Directing for Theater from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, 1973.
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) with honors in Theatre, Television, and Music from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, 1970.


  • Practicing Buddhist.
  • Train people to develop and use their intuition.
  • Studied and explored several spiritual belief systems and perspectives, including multicultural shamanism, Celtic, Hinduism, Judeo-Christianity, Tao, Buddhism, and Native American spirituality.

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